Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,070 5.1 % $19.66 $40,890 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.06 $14.76 $18.34 $23.69 $29.20
Annual Wage (2) $25,090 $30,700 $38,140 $49,270 $60,740


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,120 0.62 $20.34 $42,300
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 890 0.97 $21.34 $44,400
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 710 0.34 $18.88 $39,260
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 490 0.10 $18.79 $39,080
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 470 0.13 $19.43 $40,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 890 0.97 $21.34 $44,400
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,120 0.62 $20.34 $42,300
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 430 0.54 $15.14 $31,490
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 710 0.34 $18.88 $39,260
Foundries 270 0.23 $18.26 $37,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 200 0.03 $27.49 $57,180
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 100 0.10 $22.46 $46,710
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 80 0.15 $21.48 $44,680
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 890 0.97 $21.34 $44,400
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,120 0.62 $20.34 $42,300


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 930 0.05 1.12 $19.74 $41,060
Ohio 460 0.08 1.74 $19.79 $41,170
Oregon 410 0.22 4.41 $21.38 $44,470
Illinois 400 0.07 1.37 $22.02 $45,790
Michigan 390 0.09 1.83 $20.75 $43,160




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 410 0.22 4.41 $21.38 $44,470
Vermont 50 0.17 3.44 $20.82 $43,310
Oklahoma 240 0.15 3.04 $18.78 $39,060
Alabama 280 0.14 2.93 $15.31 $31,840
Missouri 310 0.11 2.28 $15.98 $33,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 190 0.06 1.22 $29.99 $62,380
Maryland 40 0.01 0.27 $27.59 $57,390
New Hampshire 40 0.07 1.39 $23.12 $48,080
Iowa 70 0.04 0.91 $22.68 $47,170
Illinois 400 0.07 1.37 $22.02 $45,790





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 410 0.07 1.39 $19.09 $39,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.06 1.33 $18.38 $38,240
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.11 2.27 $21.11 $43,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 130 0.04 0.88 $19.75 $41,070
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 130 0.06 1.31 $23.37 $48,600
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 1.84 $21.24 $44,170
Eugene, OR 90 0.60 12.33 $19.96 $41,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 0.97 (8) (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 1.47 $24.63 $51,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 70 0.01 0.16 $14.22 $29,580




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eugene, OR 90 0.60 12.33 $19.96 $41,510
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.42 8.51 $16.34 $33,980
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.11 2.25 $19.48 $40,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.11 2.27 $21.11 $43,900
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 60 0.10 2.03 $20.98 $43,640
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 1.84 $21.24 $44,170
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.09 1.78 $14.40 $29,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 1.47 $24.63 $51,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 410 0.07 1.39 $19.09 $39,700
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 1.43 $17.86 $37,150




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.03 0.68 $28.10 $58,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 1.47 $24.63 $51,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.41 $23.60 $49,090
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 130 0.06 1.31 $23.37 $48,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $23.30 $48,460
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $22.22 $46,220
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.21 $46,200
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $21.95 $45,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60 0.02 0.49 $21.90 $45,560
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (8) (8) (8) $21.43 $44,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 1.04 21.23 $15.19 $31,600
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 17.21 $23.61 $49,100
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 5.10 $17.79 $37,000
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 9.95 $18.29 $38,050
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 16.81 $22.27 $46,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 1.04 21.23 $15.19 $31,600
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 17.21 $23.61 $49,100
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 16.81 $22.27 $46,310
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 12.81 $20.80 $43,260
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 9.95 $18.29 $38,050

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 7.57 $28.93 $60,170
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 17.21 $23.61 $49,100
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 16.81 $22.27 $46,310
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 9.47 $21.99 $45,750
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 12.81 $20.80 $43,260


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019